Explosives disposal unit at St. Philip's marina after device found

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The RNC has called for support from Halifax after the discovery of an unidentified device — described as “military ordnance” — at the St. Philip’s marina.

RNC Const. Steve Curnew said around 7 p.m. Monday night, the police force was called after the device was found in the water. The RNC’s explosives disposal unit, along with other officers, went to investigate.

“Because it’s underwater, we’re limited in what we can do,” Curnew said. “We’ve contacted the Canadian Forces Atlantic Fleet Diving Unit out of Halifax, and they’re going to send additional resources to provide assistance to the RNC.”

Curnew said the scene has been cordoned off and will remain secured overnight. He added there is no danger to the public.

“Even if this thing were to go off, where it’s underwater it would just cause a big splash,” he said.

Support from Halifax is expected to arrive the morning.


The RNC’s explosives disposal unit (EDU) is on the job at the St. Philip’s marina after a device was found this evening in the water.

RNC Const. Steve Curnew spoke with The Telegram as police worked on the scene, and dispelled a rumour that a body had been discovered in the area.

“Previous word was that there was a body located down in Portugal Cove,” he said. “That’s not the case. We do have some type of device that has been located in the water.”

Curnew was unable to comment on the type of device that was found, but said the explosives unit would inform him when further information was available. He said if there is any danger to the public, police will issue a statement.

Geographic location: Portugal Cove

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Recent comments

  • bill
    August 26, 2014 - 12:39

    .quick ...call CNN...it's terrorists... ....OR....it looks like a novelty cigarette lighter with the paint worn off .... ..

  • annono
    August 26, 2014 - 09:07

    Just wondering how big this thing is considering it was originally thought to be a body!?

  • annono
    August 25, 2014 - 23:27

    we seen 2 Bell Boeing V-22 looking aircraft flying above our house before this article was posted

    • WTF
      August 26, 2014 - 12:26

      What does aircraft flying above your house have to do with a grenade in the water? Are you somehow desperate to make a connection there?